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Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood Shaving Cream

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After Scotto telling me more than once to try this cream, I finally did. Excellent recommendation! :w00t:

Packaging
C&E has a very nice presentation with their creams in the tube. I would second their delivery method to Trumper's. The box has raised glossed lettering along with a nice corrugated inside for additional support. Along with the Cream in the tube, the box has a little corrugated insert tab which contains the tube key to help roll the tube so as to get the most cream out of the tube possible.

The Cream
The cream consistency is firm & soft (if that makes sense), dark brown in color. Since it's in a tube, you really can't get a good judgement as to it's overall consistency, but suffice it to say, in the bowl it looks fine.

The Aroma
:w00t: Nice- very, very nice. I've played around trying to find a nice sandalwood scent and this is it. The sandalwood aroma is very powerful. The moment you open the cap on the tube, the scent jumps out at you. When you're lathering it up in the bowl with steamy hot water, it just radiates in the bathroom. If you like sandalwood or can't find one that really sits with you appropriately, try this one. It's a very nutty, earthy, musky aroma with top notes of vanilla. I can alse detect some cinnamon in the cream. It screams manly. To me, this is nothing like Trumper's Sandalwood, which I personally did not like at all.

Latherability
This might be one area where C&E gets a little flack and it probably does deserve a little. The cream is a bit tricky to learn to build great lather to start off with. It takes a little more cream quantity than Taylor's or Trumper's to get going and the margin for error is pretty unforgiving. You can turn it from chalky-dry cream into a bowl of soup pretty quick with just a little too much water. What I generally do is allow my brush to act as the means of adding water to the bowl, rather than using water poured from the hotpot into the bowl. But once you learn the water/cream ratio, you're off to the races. This stuff just explodes into gobs of cool-whip like lather. With a little brush work, you should have no problem having mounds of sandalwood infused cream spilling over the sides of your shaving mug/bowl.

Lubricity & Moisturizing Properties
Very good. I rate it behind the Taylor line in terms of it's overall moisturizing ability, but Taylor's is the bar in my opinion for moisturizing qualities, so C&E isn't far behind. Some folks just naturally have a hard time with sandalwood, but for me, it treats my face well. It feels supple and cool after the shave and I have yet to nick myself or get any weepers left behind. It does create a nice slick surface on the face during the shave.

Price
C&E is on par with Trumper's withtheir pricing, but shop around, you can get it cheaper. A tube of this from C&E's website goes for $25, but many ebay places are selling it for ~$11.25 to $15.00 a tube. C&E is certainly proud of their products, but they can be because it is a very good product.

Overall
Every guy should have a tube of this in his toiletry locker (whatever the hell that is :wink:) It's a great product, great scent, great shave and nice packaging. The whole experience wrapped up in one awesome cream. Do yourself a favor and give it a shot. I think C&E has a winner here. :001_smile

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Pros: Gobs of Lather...
Cons: ...from the bottom of an ashtray
***I wish there was an N/A selection***

I got a sample from the C&E in my local mall, they included a sample of the AS as well. Immediately upon opening the tiny tub, the smell of "Night Club in the Morning" assaulted me - a bit of stale ashtray and something acrid from the carpet (really not trying to be harsh, that's what I got). I'm not sure I want this on my face & scalp, but that's why I got this - so here goes.

About 2X almonds in the lather bowl, and a very wet brush yielded a thick, creamy foam. Smell has thankfully turned more herbal, but the cig smell is still very apparent. About midway through the shave, I noticed two things:

1. The scent turned almost pleasant - herbal, a bit woody, something acrid (but not bad) - the cigs were almost out of it. - Definitely not Sandalwood....

2. The lather dried quickly, moistened fingers leading the razor brought it back nicely.

Overall:
Not a take on a Sandalwood scent that I recognize.

Nice shave, though it dried quickly.

***I noticed that the most recent review was '09, and someone mentioned it being discontinued - could the product I received be THAT old?

The AS had a similar scent, though it turned more woodsy after application.
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This cream just sort of disappeared while shaving and felt like I had to use more than other brands. C&E scents are just not for me. Either they are too overpowering or to "woman perfume" like. I don't think this cream is anything special and would take Geo Trumper any day over this overpriced cream.
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I love the stuff!

Price I paid $25 for my jar which is up there as far as creams but it has turned out to be a good cream for me. I'd pay it again.

Quality The C&E creams are not low-end. I would rate it as up there with some of the English creams.

Scent It seems to be a kind of love it or hate it scent. I certainly don't hate it. To me it is a dry, earthy, woody, warm, luxurious scent. It seems to stick with me for a while too. I can kind of see how people can get ashtray from it but that only before it's lathered. In the bowl, it smells great. Many say it does not smell like sandalwood but I can't comment on that because this is the only sandalwood scent I have experienced.

Latherability It makes plenty of lather with minimal effort.

Moisturizing It could be a little better. I just need some balm after using the stuff but it's not too bad.

Packaging Awesome! Nice glass jar with a plastic coating. I could not smell the plastic as some have said.

This stuff has been discontinued and I hate to see it go. I might have to stock up!
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